Margaret had become immensely powerful after Henry was crowned and powerful women are still judged unsympathetic. There also remains a visceral anti-Catholicism in England that has been reinforced by modern fears of Islamism. In The White Queen Margaret is depicted as a fanatic, ever invoking God. Yet the strict religious devotions of Margaret Beaufort's old age were commonplace among noblewomen of her time. They marked an effort to look beyond the ruthless political culture into which they had been born, to understand Christ's example of love.More about Margaret, HERE. Share
Portraying Margaret as a religious nutcase shows an arrogant blindness to the culture of our past. That is worrying in a shrinking world when we need to be able to understand other viewpoints, other beliefs.
This summer, in which we have celebrated the birth of a future king to Kate and William, we should remember with a little more generosity the 13-year-old Margaret Beaufort who bore Henry Tudor. Here was a girl who took control of her destiny, who saved her son from exile and danger and who helped found the Tudor dynasty.
Not a villainess at all but a survivor and a heroine. (Read more.)